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So before I give my take here as I did on my show “Top Shelf” last Wednesday, on Bruins winger Brad Marchand ripping the media on the day of his team’s season opener for trade rumors surrounding him over the summer and also giving his opinion on the NHL’s new embellishment rule after being the first player NHL referees enforced it on, I’d like to commend Marchand and other athletes who aren’t afraid to tell it like they see it.
That being said there’s a difference between speaking your mind and coming off as a Prima Donna and a whiner. Throughout the first week of this young NHL season and at other times in his career, that’s exactly how Marchand has come off. All the “little ball of hate” needed last week was some fine cheese for his whine. Being upset about trade rumors involving him and expressing such frustration is only natural. But actually challenging the reporters that wrote them as well as calling for their jobs, is another.
-James Murphyof XN Sports where you can read more on this topic.
“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?
“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule. More from DJ Bean of WEEI.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“It’s everyone, “said Marchand, when asked who he had something to prove to this season after coming into camp in phenomenal shape. “It’s something to prove this year, on and off the ice. It’s just frustrating sometimes when you’re expected to be perfect every single day, and that’s just not how it is.
“But that’s part of the job. The funny thing about the media is they think that you’re best buddies, and it doesn’t matter how much you trash them. I don’t like that, I don’t respect that, and if they think we’re going to be buddies this year then they’ve got something else coming.”
So what particularly infuriated the Nose Face Killah?
It sounds like it was a rumor from James Murphy of XNSports.com that a trade was being discussed that would have swapped Marchand for San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. It was quickly squashed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, and it sounds like Marchand would like to do some squashing of his own with the media reporting those trade rumors.
“There are a lot of guys who like to call out," said Marchand. "There’s a few that really like to jump on the bandwagon,. I did see a couple . . . people have brought up a few tweets and articles that came out that were just outrageous. We knew we were tight up against the cap, and its like, ‘Let’s trade Marchand for Marleau.’ He’s a guy who makes $2 million more than me, and that’s going to fix the cap situation?
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
Marchand, who has a modified no-trade clause, never really worried about being dealt. But he had opened himself up to the possibility, after a season in which he failed to produce consistently. He started slowly, got up to speed, and then lost himself again in the postseason.
“I never thought for a second that I was going to get traded, no matter what rumors go around,” Marchand said after an informal practice at Ristuccia Arena Tuesday. “A bad start — I still had 25 goals, so it’s not that bad of a year.
“I want to be here. I don’t want to go anywhere. I’m not relying on a limited no-trade clause just to stick around. I want to show with my play and my actions that I want to be part of this team for a long time.”
With that in mind, Marchand decided he needed to make some changes this summer. His conditioning hadn’t been good enough when he showed up for training camp last season — after only five weeks of work in the summer — so he redoubled his efforts.
added 11:50am, Brad Marchand too... below....
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the B’s dressing room, and a national hockey audience got a taste of why when he repeatedly snapped his head back in embellishment during phantom high stick encounters against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The blatant play-acting even spawned the hash tag #Plekanecing on twitter where fans snapped selfies in mock pain and head-snapping embellishment.
During the 2014 Phoenix House Champs for Change dinner in Halifax, Marchand was asked by AHL President Dave Andrews during a panel discussion which NHL player irritates him the most. Surely it’s a long list with an agitator like Marchand, but there wasn’t much hesitation in his answer (YouTube video).
“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”
via DJ Bean of WEEI,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he has no plans to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”
A little right jab to the head of Tomas Plekanec...
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins pest Brad Marchand drew the ire of the Canucks when he mocked the Canucks' bench by pretending to kiss a ring on his finger and lifting an imaginary Stanley Cup in the third period.
"It shows what kind of guy he is," said Henrik Sedin. "He is a great player, it's too bad he is acting like he does but that is the way it is."
Julien said he didn't see the exchange, but added that the team expects better of Marchand.
"Sometimes his emotions get the better of him," said Julien. "We work with him and we are going to continue to work with him."
more on the game...
Watch the video below which includes a face-wash of Marchand by Kesler, and the cup raising...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Talk to players who regularly face Steve Ott and Brad Marchand and one thing you'll hear is their skill sets are as impressive as their mouths are loud.
"The most important thing is they can play," Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher told NHL.com. "If they weren't able to play the game, no one would pay attention to them. They're important players for their team, and they play an important role. You add in the fact they can play that agitator role, they can get under the skin of their opponent, and that is a skill as well. They both have that ability, and I guess they're both pretty good at it."...
Ott had 24 points in 48 games last season and averaged more than 38 points over the prior four seasons. Marchand had 18 goals and 36 points in 45 games last season after putting up career highs across the board in 2011-12 with 28 goals, 27 assists and 55 points.
They know they're on their game and at their most annoying when the opponent is trying to talk back at them. Ott said he regularly hears it from players on the bench and even opposing coaches. He smiles and keeps talking because he knows whatever he's saying is making an impact and helping his team.
"When you're not effective is when the other team is quiet toward you, no one is saying a word out there," Ott told NHL.com. "Those awkward situations, that's the telltale sign that you're not effective. But when guys on the bench are yelling at you, opposing coaches, then you're doing your job."
“Taking the [agitating element] out of my game might have been the wrong approach. It kind of lights a fire under my butt, and maybe I have to get back to that. It might be nice to put it away, but I’m not kidding myself into thinking that I’m a skill player. I need to stick to my roots, and do what got me here. Playing hard and gritty is my style.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. More from and on Marchand by Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
Do you think the refs would have called the kneeing penalty on Brad Marchand if Chris Kunitz would not have retaliated with the slash?
Both did receive penalties and rightfully so.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 7, that the club has signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Marchand’s contract will be worth an average of $4.5 million annually over the four years of his deal. Chiarelli will speak to the media later today regarding the signing.
The 2011-12 season marked Marchand’s second full NHL season with the Bruins. The 5’9”, 183-pound native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 28-27=55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguin’s 29 tallies, and his plus-31 rating ranked fifth in the league.
“For them to judge what knocks you down, they don’t know your balance or what not on the play. They’re sitting at home watching on TV. I don’t really care what they say. They have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on his reputation of being a “diver”. More on Boston/Washington from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
All in the last minute of the 2nd period, Boston/Washington.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
During a scrum in front of the Bruins’ net early in the third period, Chimera clearly struck Marchand in the groin area with his stick, sending Marchand to the ice in pain. He was attended to by team trainer Don DelNegro.
Chimera was given a two-minute penalty for slashing.
In the hallway, Chimera apologized for the incident.
“Sorry, man. You know I’m not like that,” Chimera told Marchand.
Apologies aside, Marchand was not happy with the slash.
“He was trying to be sneaky and do a cheap shot,” Marchand said before talking with Chimera. “The ref caught him and that’s all that matters.”
a bit more and watch the “slash” below…
Brain Campbell with a hip-check on Brad Marchand.
Brad Marchand received 2 minutes for clipping Alexei Lemelin of the Canadiens.
In case you need a refresher, watch below…
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Brad Marchand is finally back after sitting out a five-game suspension, and he’s ready to provide an energetic lift to a team that’s lost two of their first three games on a suddenly challenging road trip.
“I’m excited to be back in the lineup and back in the game again,” said Marchand. “The game happens so quickly. But before the games you think about how you’re going to play and [suspensions] can creep into your mind a little bit.”
With the five-game decision fresh in Marchand’s mind, he’s also keeping a close eye on what’s happening around the rest of the league. The B’s agitator saw the Nick Foligno hit on Dion Phaneuf that earned the Ottawa forward a two-minute clipping penalty during Tuesday night’s “Battle of Ontario.” Foligno and Phaneuf dropped gloves shortly after the hit and there was no long-term injury on the play.
But the hit in and of itself was similar to Marchand’s low-bridge on Salo, and Marchand failed to see any significant differences between the two clipping incidents. It’s something he’s unfortunately become an expert on over the last few weeks.
“I saw it. It looked very similar to mine. We were on the same position on the ice. [Foligno] got him in the same area at the same time, and the puck was roughly in the same area,” said Marchand. “The only difference was that Phaneuf got up and he didn’t get injured. I’d be very surprised if the league doesn’t look at that very closely.”
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
Credentials in place, let’s get to it: Does (Ken) Linseman believe (Brad) Marchand is qualified to carry his nickname?
“There have been so many times since my career ended where I’ve heard people being compared to me,” he said yesterday. “But he’s probably the first one that plays closest to me that also has really good skills. I think he’s a great player, and he’ll be a great player for years. So as far as being compared to me, yeah, I’m quite proud and happy about that because I like him as a player.
“At the beginning of last year,” Linseman continued, “I was watching him play on the fourth line and I remember saying to Ricky Middleton that I think he’s good enough to play on the first couple of lines. As the year developed, he emerged as a really, really good player. He’s the perfect fit for (Patrice) Bergeron and he’s the perfect fit for (Tyler) Seguin.
“I don’t think there’s any weakness at all. He has a great shot, he sees the ice, he never loses battles, he’s a great forechecker. I like it all.”
Brendan Shanahan explains.
added 6:45pm, NHL release is below…
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
The Bruins were off from practice today, but the players participated in the team’s “Slice the Ice” charity event at the TD Garden.
For the first time since he was ejected from the Bruins’ loss to Vancouver yesterday, Marchand addressed the media and spoke about the clip on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo that resulted in a game misconduct in the second period.
“The puck was going around the boards and I went to pick it up and was kind of looking over my shoulder,” Marchand told the media in Boston. “I saw Salo coming in and I just kind of went down.
“It was unfortunate he got injured. I did go under him, but I felt the base contact was at about his hip point and that’s usually a pretty legal hit from what I’ve seen in the past.”
added 6:18pm, from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
the suggestion by Bruins coach Claude Julien that Marchand was trying to protect himself from being hit in the corner boards by Salo late in the second period of a 4-3 Canucks triumph set Vigneault off.
“That’s a stupid comment,” said the Canucks coach. “What Marchand did there, you could end a player’s career doing that and I’ve never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All I’ve seen Sami Salo do is play with integrity and play the right way.
“Marchand—this is just my feeling on this—some day he’s going to get it. Somebody is going to say enough is enough and they’re going to hurt the kid, because he plays to hurt players and in my mind if the league doesn’t take care of it, somebody else will.
“Sometimes it takes the league time to figure things out and there’s a difference between a good hip check when the player is coming down on you one-on-one with the puck and what we saw Marchand do with his definite attempt to injure. Something needs to happen.”
Within the first four minutes of the start of the game, we had an old-fashion line brawl.
03:54 Vancouver Dale Weise: 5 minutes, fighting
03:54 Vancouver Alexandre Burrows: 2 minutes, slashing
03:54 Boston Milan Lucic: 2 minutes, roughing
03:54 Boston Shawn Thornton: 2 minutes, roughing
03:54 Boston Shawn Thornton: 2 minutes, slashing
03:54 Boston Milan Lucic: 10 minutes, leaving player’s/penalty bench
03:54 Vancouver Maxim Lapierre: 10 minutes, misconduct
03:54 Boston Nathan Horton: 5 minutes, fighting
03:54 Vancouver Alexandre Burrows: 10 minutes, misconduct
Later in the 2nd period, Brad Marchand received five and a game for clipping Sami Salo which you can watch below along with the line brawl which is the first video.
Also, no update on the condition of Salo.
added 4:33pm, I’ve added a third video and you can decide if Milan Lucic did indeed leave the bench, thereby earning the 10 minute misconduct.
added 6:29pm, Added in the comments NHL release of Lucic misconduct being rescinded.
NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto in NHL Game No. 434 in Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:12 of the first period. Desjardins was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.
NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen in NHL Game No. 388 in Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 5, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 3:19 of the first period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Brad Marchand to a two-year, $5 million contract. He will make $2 million in 2011-12 and $3 million in 2012-13.
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:
How much the Bruins are offering and how much Marchand wants is speculation at this point. Nobody on either side will get into specifics publicly, but Marchand, by all recent accounts, wants to remain a Bruin.
While Marchand had an impressive NHL debut last season (21 goals and 41 points in the regular season, 11 goals and 19 points in 25 playoff games), he hasn’t been in the league long enough to justify $4 million per season.
If that is indeed what he’s seeking, he’s not going to get it from the Bruins, which sets the stage for a possible holdout and further trade speculation.
While talks with Marchand drag on, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported the Bruins are believed to have quietly opened contract talks with center David Krejci, who’s in the final year of a contract with a cap hit of $3.75 million.
Update 2:29pm ET: Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott tells ESPN that he anticipates a deal will be done today.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
In 12 days, Bruins veterans will report to TD Garden for physicals and fitness testing. Whether Brad Marchand will be among that group is uncertain.
General manager Peter Chiarelli won’t comment on contract talks, other than to say they are ongoing. Wade Arnott, Marchand’s agent, echoed that sentiment in a voice-mail.
With both sides declining to show their hands, here are three recent comparables - young forwards heading into their second contracts - that should set the parameters for a Marchand deal:
High: James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia, six years, $25.5 million….
Middle: Logan Couture, San Jose, two years, $5.75 million.
Low: Nathan Gerbe, Buffalo, three years, $4.3 million….
Using the three as comparables, Marchand should come in slightly under Couture. Expect a two-year, $5 million contract.
more hockey notes…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
• Restricted free agent Brad Marchand remains without a new deal with the Bruins. He is without arbitration rights, which gives him less leverage in the financial taffy pull. Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell, a playoff force similar to Marchand, had arbitration rights and settled on a new restricted free agent deal last week that will pay him an average $2.36 million over the next two years. That’s a realistic figure for Marchand. Or possibly a three-year deal for around $9 million total.
• Great news for NBC/Versus viewers last week with word that both Mike Emrick and Dave Strader have signed on for full-time play-by-play duty. Note to NBC execs: time to do the same with analysts Mike Milbury and Andy Brickley, both of whom have their abundant talents muted by good-times-nothing-but-good-times NESN.
read on for more hockey notes…
Q. Did it matter to you guys whether it was Roloson or Smith? Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to be very cagey about what their plans were.
BRAD MARCHAND: Yeah. They were playing a little bit of mind games there on who they were going to start, but we knew either way we had to get shots in front of their goalie. He was seeing the puck pretty clearly. We knew it didn’t matter who was going to be playing. We had to focus on what we had to do to score and us getting bodies in front of the net and pucks in the net, and we did that pretty good tonight.
Q. Brad, I don’t know if you had a look at the save that Thomas made on Downie. Did you see it? What did you think of that save?
BRAD MARCHAND: Yeah, I saw it. That was unbelievable. I was sitting on the bench. I thought it was for sure going to be a goal. Those are always pretty easy tap-ins. But Timmy came up with an unbelievable save there, and that was a turning point.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Moments after Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand erased a scoreless tie with his first career playoff goal Saturday night, former Bruin agitator Kenny “Rat” Linseman was spotted on the press level at TD Garden.
Marchand’s style of play has been compared to the way Linseman played during his career. There’s a reason why he was nicknamed the “Rat”—because he would annoy the heck out of the opposition and played with such tenacity, it would enraged the other team. Basically, he was the type of player you wanted on your team but hated to play against.
Marchand’s the same way, and Linseman appreciates the comparison.
“It’s a compliment because I think he’s a good player,” Linseman said. “I get sick of hearing people talk about somebody playing like me that might not have that good of skills, so when I see [Marchand], it’s nice.”
From Douglas Flynn of NESN, via Tweets:
—Marchand admitted he made golf swing gesture to Toronto bench I spotted as he jawed with Leafs toward the end of the second period.
—Marchand on the golf swing: “Yeah, that was a little immature of me. I shouldn’t have done that.”
—I wasn’t the only one to spot Marchand’s swing. He heard about it between periods. “I got a little bit of an earful. It won’t happen again.”
—By the way, I asked Marchand about his own golf game, and he said handicap was 6 or 7. I’m sure he’s hoping not to work on it for a while.
At The Bruins Blog:
Marchand said that Phil Kessel popped him in the mouth and there should’ve been a penalty. Instead there was a razzing from the bench and then the gesture.[...]
“He’s been a good player for us,” said Julien. “And again, his emotions can sometimes be a positive, and sometimes you don’t want to cross the line. You certainly don’t like that when it happens, so it’s just a learning process.”
via Boston Bruins tweet,
Marchand has been suspended for 2 games.
If you missed the hit on Umberger by Marchand, watch it here.
TORONTO (March 17, 2011) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head area of Columbus Blue Jackets player R.J. Umberger in NHL game #1044 Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Marchand’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 11:40 of the second period when Marchand approached Umberger from behind and struck him in the neck and side of the head with his elbow. No penalty was assessed on the play
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone tomorrow, Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont has confirmed.
The hearing is believed to be related to Marchand’s elbow to the head of Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger last night. Umberger told the Columbus Dispatch he wasn’t happy about it.
continued and watch the hit…
Darren Dreger tweets Dany Heatley has a conference call today at 5:00pm EDT for an elbow incident last night.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
If most of the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens were saying nice, soothing things for the benefit of the cameras ahead of their meeting Tuesday night, rookie winger Brad Marchand dropped the political correctness like the Bruins shed their gloves in an 8-6 mauling of the Habs on Feb. 9.
No point in pretending, then, that these teams harbour anything but bile for one another.
“They like to get in and shoot their mouths of and then when you hit them they’ll dive down and fall easy,” Marchand said of the Canadiens, who lead the season series between the teams 3-1….
And if the Habs or their fans are upset about the treatment reserved for non-combatants Jaroslav Spacek and Tom Pyatt, who found themselves tangling with beefier Boston opponents in the final stages of that game.
“They stir the pot, and they got what they deserved . . . whatever anyone’s mad about, they can suck it up, it’s not our fault,” said Marchand, who also loosed a few verbal barbs at his old World Junior teammate P.K. Subban, saying “he just likes to take runs at guys” and if he has a chance to avenge a spectacular open-ice hit that Subban laid on him last December, he will.
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins with the shorthanded goal.
Bruins won 5-2 tonight.